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Master of Science (MS)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Stephen A. Whitmore
This thesis set out to find a blend of thermoplastics that had better combustion properties than the current ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic or “Lego TM plastic” used by Utah State University. The current work is in an effort to eliminate toxic propellants from small space applications. High and low density polyethylene plastics were used because they are common plastic waste items. In this way rocket fuel can be made from these items to reduce the waste found in landfills. Three plastics were considered for replacement and as mixture components with the ABS plastic, namely low and high density polyethylene, and high impact polystyrene. These plastics failed to have superior combustion properties when used in rockets designed to achieve 12 pounds or less of thrust compared to the current ABS plastic.
Mathias, Spencer D., "Investigation of Thermoplastic Polymers and Their Blends for Use in Hybrid Rocket Combustion" (2019). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7416.